Nurs­ery site re­zoned


Eastern Reporter - - News - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­tynews Kristie Lim

A NORANDA nurs­ery could soon be de­vel­oped into the sub­urb’s sec­ond neigh­bour­hood shop­ping cen­tre after Bayswa­ter council re­zoned the site to a busi­ness.

Noranda Hills Nurs­ery owner Bill Ntoumenopou­los bought the site on Cam­boon Road in 1984 from its orig­i­nal own­ers who opened the busi­ness in 1963.

The pro­posed scheme amend­ment to the City’s Town Plan­ning Scheme No.24 with an over­lay­ing spe­cial con­trol area (SCA) was de­ferred in June 2016, be­fore be­ing passed by council at its Novem­ber 7 com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Council de­cided to limit the max­i­mum height of the de­vel­op­ment to 7m and re­jected the owner’s Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan.

The pro­posed cen­tre in­cludes an Aldi su­per­mar­ket with a 1756.5sq m gross floor area, other re­tail out­lets in­clud­ing a 7Eleven con­ve­nience store, a petrol sta­tion with eight fuel bowsers and about 186 car bays.

Ac­cord­ing to a council officer’s re­port, of­fi­cers did not sup­port the amend­ment due to the cen­tre be­ing within 650m of an ex­ist­ing ac­tiv­ity cen­tre (Hawai­ian’s Noranda) and it went against State strate­gic plan­ning frame­works.

The re­port said ini­ti­at­ing the amend­ment might un­der­mine the pre­lim­i­nary en­gage­ment for the lo­cal plan­ning scheme.

Coron­ada De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice man­ag­ing direc­tor Gene Koltasz, who ad­dressed council on be­half of the owner, said the nurs­ery’s com­pe­ti­tion was run­ning them out of busi­ness.

Mr Koltasz said the ad­journ­ing prop­er­ties of the pro­posed Aldi store were sup­port­ive.

TPG town plan­ner Lewis Shugar, who spoke on be­half of Hawai­ian In­vest­ments, said the “un­planned cen­tre” would com­pro­mise the de­liv­ery of goods and ser­vices from Hawai­ian’s Noranda.

Coun­cil­lor Filom­ena Pif­faretti, who pro­posed the amended mo­tion, said the site was a great lo­ca­tion for de­vel­op­ment as there was “noth­ing else” in the area other than Hawai­ian’s Noranda.

Mayor Dan Bull, who voted against the mo­tion, said more con­sul­ta­tion was needed be­fore ini­ti­at­ing a scheme amend­ment be­cause of the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal ig­nor­ing the out­come of con­sul­ta­tion for other re­cent pro­pos­als.

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